Stay Connected While Camping at Select Alabama State Parks
With free wireless Internet now available at select Alabama State Park campgrounds, roughing it no longer means disconnecting from the modern world. Currently Lakepoint
, Wind Creek
, and Cheaha
State Parks have Wi-Fi Internet in the campgrounds. Lake Guntersville
, Joe Wheeler
, and Oak Mountain
are in the final stages of establishing their Wi-Fi systems.
The Alabama State Parks
Wi-Fi network provides guests with a reliable Internet connection to enhance their visit to the parks by allowing them to stay connected with friends and family back home as well as conduct essential business such as school work, financial transactions and social media.
According to Alabama State Parks Acting Co-Director Tim Wishum, the wireless Internet program is one of the largest wide-scale Wi-Fi deployments of any United States park system. The Alabama program will provide more than 20,000 park guests with free Internet access while camping.
“We started the program at Gulf State Park in 2010,” Wishum said. “Since then we have deployed more than 600 radios, routers, and relays, utilizing 92 miles of wireless networks to provide Internet to more than 1,200 campsites.”
Rather than create a few localized “hotspots,” Alabama State Parks have turned entire campgrounds “hot” allowing guests to stay connected while in the comfort of their own RV. Since implementing the program, improvements have been made to ensure problem areas and outages are resolved quickly.
For more information about Alabama State Parks call (800) 242-7275, or visit www.alapark.com
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com .